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Individuals generally seek professional counseling services to deal with normal life situations that have become problematic. In some cases, individuals struggle with problems over a long period of time before seeking assistance. In most cases, individuals seek counseling when normal coping mechanisms are no longer effective in dealing with problem situations.
The following philosophical tenets form the foundation of therapy:
Individuals have the innate capacity to change their behavior.
Problematic behavior is situation specific and can be defined as the integration of he cognitive, affective, and physical behavior domains.
Individuals function as part of systems. Change in one element may force change throughout the system.
People are responsible for their own behavior.